Do you know the secret of the true scholar? In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him; and in that I am his pupil. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
I consider myself pretty lucky. I get the chance to talk to successful people every day – people who are top performers and are leaders in their respective fields. I’m surrounded by colleagues who’ve been doing my job for 30 years, and who have so much knowledge to share with folks like me who are still finding their footing in their careers.
I haven’t cracked a textbook in years, but when I talk to these people, I do my best to have a student’s mindset. Everyone has a different story to tell about how they got to where they are, and the key is to figure out how to take the knowledge they share and apply it to your own life.
Nik Goeke writes about productivity, habits, books and self-improvement. As an avid reader, I definitely struggle with retaining the takeaways of the books I read. At Four Minute Books, Nik summarizes the world’s best non-fiction books into easily digestible bites that contain the most valuable nuggets of info you need. It’s brilliant, and delightfully efficient.
I had a chance to connect with Nik and ask him a few questions about how he works, and how he stays sane and productive. This guy writes every day. Check out the interview (edited slightly for clarity):
I have my slumps too. In those situations, I try to take lots of breaks, look for what I’ve accomplished already and surround myself with motivating people. I met an audio guy to talk about The 4 Minute Folio last week and we ended up sketching out this whole vision for Four Minute Books and where to take it. That really got me up and running again. But a lot of it is knowing where I want to go – that I can get there if I put in the work, and that I can be grateful for every day that I’m healthy.
Start now, don’t dream so much, get going, do anything. It’ll take you long enough!
I like eating with friends, watching movies by myself, taking walks, driving around with loud music. Those are activities when I can (although not always) really shut down. Reading is more to learn than to unwind.